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More school apprenticeships needed

Calling for more school apprenticeships: MP Mark Williams encourages local schools to take part in the ‘One by 2020’ campaign
Calling for more school apprenticeships: MP Mark Williams encourages local schools to take part in the ‘One by 2020’ campaign

CALLING on more Ceredigion schools to take on young people as apprentices is Member of Parliament for Ceredigion Mark Williams.

The apprenticeships, which will be in a number of positions ranging from Teaching Assistants, Business Administration and PE and School Sports Support, are part of the ‘One by 2020’ campaign.

The ‘One by 2020’ campaign, which has been led by National Schools Training (NST), is calling on every school in the country to take on an apprentice by 2020.

Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams said: “Ceredigion schools can play a vital role in helping young people enter the world of work through providing useful and well paid apprenticeships in a range of different roles.

“This can play an important role in levelling the playing field in demonstrating the value of alternative routes to employment.

“The ‘One by 2020’ campaign is helping schools across the country to do this, and I would strongly encourage local schools to take part and earn the numerous workforce benefits from doing so.”

Mark showed his support by meeting school apprentices at an event for the campaign, which was held at the Houses of Parliament and hosted by MP Neil Carmichael.

Attendees were able to hear firsthand from apprentices, tutors and schools leaders about their experiences of being, or taking on, apprentices.

NST, the leading provider of training and apprenticeships to schools across the UK, has seen over a 60% increase in uptake of apprentices being taken on by schools over the past year .

However, Ceredigion does not have any apprentices working in schools, despite over 1500 being employed nationally.

Neil Gamewell, NST Director, said: “Schools in Ceredigion are realising the multiple benefits of taking on apprentices, and the campaign is delighted to have the support of Mark Williams and MPs from all parties in recognising the importance and value of apprenticeships in schools.

“Schools are realising the huge contribution an apprentice can make to school performance, and young adults are embracing this alternative route, which can often be more desirable than other options.”

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